Man City come back from two down to beat Leipzig

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By Simon StoneBBC Sport at Etihad Stadium

Last updated on 2 minutes ago.From the section European Football

Manchester City striker Erling HaalandManchester City - for whom Erling Haaland scored - will play the second leg of their last-16 tie at home after winning their group

Erling Haaland obliterated a Champions League goalscoring record at Etihad Stadium as Manchester City fought back from two goals down to complete a thrilling victory against RB Leipzig.

The Norway forward is the quickest player ever to score 40 goals in the competition - reaching the milestone in just 35 matches, 10 fewer than Ruud van Nistelrooy, the previous record holder.

His goal also sparked a comeback win that ensured City, already through to the last 16, secured top spot in Group G with a game to spare.

For an uncomfortable 40 minutes, it looked as though their proud 28-match unbeaten home European record was about to come to an end.

But the second-half introductions of Julian Alvarez and Jeremy Doku transformed City.

Within seconds, Alvarez had sent Haaland through to half the deficit - and with Doku's running unbalancing the Leipzig defence, Phil Foden took advantage of the space he found after collecting Josko Gvardiol's inside pass to level.

Three minutes from time, Alvarez completed the fightback, steadying himself eight yards out before delivering a precise finish to the corner after Foden had provided the cross.

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The defeat was tough on Belgian forward Lois Openda, who cost Leipzig a club record fee when he signed from Lens in July - one that could reach 45m euros (£38.95m).

And he showed his quality with an excellent first-half double that had raised hopes of a shock win for the visitors on the ground where they lost 7-0 in last season's knockout phase.

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Manchester City

Squad number18Player nameOrtega

Squad number3Player nameRúben Dias

Squad number2Player nameWalker

Squad number24Player nameGvardiol

Squad number20Player nameBernardo Silva

Squad number25Player nameAkanji

Squad number16Player nameRodri

Squad number82Player nameLewis

Squad number47Player nameFoden

Squad number9Player nameHaaland

Squad number10Player nameGrealish

Squad number6Player nameAké

Squad number11Player nameDoku

Squad number19Player nameÁlvarez

Squad number21Player nameGómez

RB Leipzig

Squad number21Player nameBlaswich

Squad number8Player nameHaidara

Squad number2Player nameSimakan

Squad number16Player nameKlostermann

Squad number23Player nameLukeba

Squad number22Player nameRaum

Squad number10Player nameForsberg

Squad number13Player nameSeiwald

Squad number24Player nameSchlager

Squad number20Player nameSimons

Squad number17Player nameOpenda

Squad number9Player namePoulsen

Squad number14Player nameBaumgartner

Squad number18Player nameFábio Carvalho

Squad number30Player nameSesko

Squad number44Player nameKampl

Line-ups

Man City

Formation 3-2-4-1

18Ortega3Rúben DiasBooked at 21minsSubstituted forAkéat 45'minutes2WalkerSubstituted forÁlvarezat 54'minutes24GvardiolSubstituted forGómezat 90+3'minutes20Bernardo Silva25Akanji16Rodri82Lewis47Foden9Haaland10GrealishSubstituted forDokuat 54'minutes

Substitutes

4Phillips5Stones6Aké11Doku19Álvarez21Gómez31Ederson33Carson52Bobb

RB Leipzig

Formation 5-4-1

21Blaswich8HaidaraSubstituted forCarvalhoat 74'minutes2Simakan16Klostermann23Lukeba22Raum10ForsbergSubstituted forBaumgartnerat 60'minutes13Seiwald24SchlagerSubstituted forKamplat 88'minutes20SimonsSubstituted forPoulsenat 75'minutes17OpendaSubstituted forSeskoat 60'minutes

Substitutes

1Gulácsi3Lenz9Poulsen14Baumgartner18Carvalho30Sesko39Henrichs44Kampl

Referee:Glenn Nyberg

Attendance:51,402

Live Text

Match ends, Manchester City 3, RB Leipzig 2.

Second Half ends, Manchester City 3, RB Leipzig 2.

Corner, RB Leipzig. Conceded by Bernardo Silva.

Attempt missed. Sergio Gómez (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Julián Álvarez following a corner.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Lukas Klostermann.

Substitution, Manchester City. Sergio Gómez replaces Josko Gvardiol.

Offside, Manchester City. Stefan Ortega tries a through ball, but Erling Haaland is caught offside.

Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David Raum (RB Leipzig).

Substitution, RB Leipzig. Kevin Kampl replaces Xaver Schlager.

Goal! Manchester City 3, RB Leipzig 2. Julián Álvarez (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

Attempt saved. Erling Haaland (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Phil Foden with a cross.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Mohamed Simakan.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Mohamed Simakan.

Foul by Josko Gvardiol (Manchester City).

Christoph Baumgartner (RB Leipzig) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, RB Leipzig. Lukas Klostermann tries a through ball, but Fábio Carvalho is caught offside.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution, RB Leipzig. Yussuf Poulsen replaces Xavi Simons because of an injury.

Substitution, RB Leipzig. Fábio Carvalho replaces Amadou Haidara.

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